CBD oil and toddler?
I’ve never posted in this group much, so a bit of info on Oliver: he has never STTN. Maybe a handful of times here and there, and any time we noticed something we were doing was yielding better results, he would start waking up again. He has always had boundless energy, he is either running full speed or he’s dead asleep. He never wakes up happy, he still at 2.5 wakes up crying and/or screaming, and he always has. I used to hear of babies who awoke silently to lay there staring at their crib mobile and I was convinced it was witchcraft. His behavior is ***, absolutely terrible. He tantrums multiple times a day, his primary form of communication is screaming, and he’s prone to violent outbursts. Our ped referred us to early intervention about a month ago because since we had our new baby on 3/31, Oliver is worse. I don’t know if he seems worse because I see how much more independent he *should* be or if he’s actually regressed, but what should be one of the happiest times in our lives is overshadowed by his bad behavior and inability to sleep.
We have what they call a “special instruction” teacher come to the house 2x a month now, but we’ve had two visits and I honestly can’t ever foresee it helping. She just comes over and plays with him and tries to structure activities for him which sends him into another tantrum. We had a visit from an OT for an evaluation but I haven’t heard back from her yet so I don’t even know if we’ll continue to qualify for her services. Because he puts a really really good show on for strangers.
Our nearly 3 month old is the complete opposite of Oliver. He goes straight to sleep at 9pm and doesn’t wake up until 3am at the earliest to nurse, but usually closer to 5am (which is why I’m writing this when I am!). Always happy, wakes up smiling at least 50% of the time. Really just a wonderful baby, he’s the best. Before he was born, when Oliver would wake up in the MOTN, my husband would bring him into our bed and he would usually stay asleep for the rest of the night after that. Obviously that had to end now that we’re bedsharing with the baby. At first I was taking the baby into Oliver’s room once he woke up, but I don’t want to jumble baby’s sleep around for the sake of Oliver sleeping in our room. He should be able to sleep on his own all night at this point and I refuse to give into the manipulation.
Recently he’s just gotten worse than ever. What used to be just one wake up has turned into 3 or 4. He’ll run to his door and start pounding on it, screaming bloody murder, until my husband – never me, he doesn’t even like me I don’t think, just always only wants my husband – goes in there and lays with him until he’s asleep again. He naps about 50% of the time, but it has no bearing on his sleep at all. Even on days where we’re outside playing in the pool or going a million different places, days where he should be exhausted, he still wakes up multiple times. I feel horrible that my husband is still having to get up so much. I feel even worse knowing that there might be something not quite right with Oliver but I have no idea what. His doctor suggested he may have sensory processing disorder, and I’ve thought that for a while. But saying “oh he has this or that disorder” doesn’t really help. It doesn’t tell me how to get him to sleep better.
We have had the same bedtime routine his whole life. Snack, bath, bed. We even bought a weighted blanket for him (since we were using a giant folded up quilt but it was so hot) and no improvement. I just don’t know what to do. I’m terrified one day this will all catch up to him somehow. Like it’s going to effect his development or something.
I am at my wit’s end. I’ve been thinking about getting some CBD oil for him because of the great things I’ve heard about CBD and autism, and even though he’s not medically labeled as autistic, I’m convinced he’s on the spectrum somewhere. I have no experience with CBD though, just bud, and I don’t really think it’s ethical to smoke up a 2 year old lol. I guess I’m just looking for suggestions if anyone has any. And maybe a little venting. I’m tired. So tired. He was up for the day at 6 and woke up the baby during his wake-up fit.
Parents gave their 6-month-old son CBD oil while he was going through chemo. They say ‘a drop the size of a grain of rice’ stopped his vomiting almost instantly.
When Waldo Dwyer was six months old, his parents Danielle and Brian realized he had trouble seeing.
Soon after, they learned Waldo had a rare childhood form of the eye cancer retinoblastoma . He needed chemotherapy, which caused all sorts of unpleasant side effects, including vomiting, insomnia, and trouble eating.
” Everything we had been growing to know of Waldo [and his personality] was disappearing,” Brian told INSIDER.
Prescription anti-nausea and pain medications didn’t seem to help with the symptoms. The Dwyers were desperate to help their toddler. When Brian’s friends suggested he look into cannabis oil as an alternative treatment, the Dwyers regained a bit of hope.
After doing extensive research, they flew from their Philadelphia, Pennsylvania home to California, where they obtained the CBD oil that ultimately helped Waldo cope with his chemo side effects. Marijuana products (including CBD oil) were illegal in Pennsylvania at the time, but legal in California.
The Tribeca Film Festival documentary “Waldo on Weed,” which was executive produced by cannabis advocate and actress Whoopi Goldberg, premiered on May 3, and details the family’s journey.
The Dwyers saw near-instant results when they gave Waldo cannabis oil
When they gave their son his first dose of CBD oil — “a drop the size of a grain of rice” — Waldo stopped throwing up within an hour. The Dwyers were shocked.
” Before that he was crying on the floor and had lockjaw,” Brian said.
Before giving Waldo the CBD oil, Brian and Danielle spoke with with Dina Browner, a California-based marijuana consultant who owns a dispensary and offers cannabis advice to celebrities like Snoop Dogg. ” She gave us dosing instructions and connected us with other parents and helped us feel at ease,” Danielle said.
According to Danielle, Browner suggested starting Waldo off with a small dose of CBD oil. The oil they used contains the active ingredient cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive component in cannabis, plus negligible amounts of the psychoactive component THC — not enough to get Waldo high.
” We followed the doctor’s protocol for chemo and blood tests and used cannabis oil alongside of that in secret because it wasn’t legal at the time,” Danielle said.
In addition to hiding the decision from Waldo’s doctors, the Dwyers only told a select few family members and friends about their decision.
“We didn’t want this to get out, child protective services getting involved, and Waldo being taken away. It wasn’t until the bill was passed in Pennsylvania [for medical marijuana] we felt comfortable talking about it,” Brian said.
Some cannabis compounds are found in prescription drugs, but CBD isn’t one of them
While research on the medicinal use of various cannabis compounds is still in the early stages, a pair of prescription drugs containing THC are already on the market.
The synthetic cannabinoids dronabinol and nabilone are available as anti-nausea medications for people going through chemotherapy. The drugs are both synthetic versions of the psychoactive compound THC — they aren’t derived from cannabis plants.
There are no chemo-related prescription CBD drugs on the market, but a cancer pain relief medication called Nabiximols is being tested in clinical trials in the US. It’s a mouth spray that contains a near-equal ratio of THC and CBD, and it’s already available in Canada and some parts of Europe.
No protocol exists for giving kids CBD oil or other cannabis products
The lack of research on the substance and its largely illegal status makes it impossible for medical professionals to offer advice on giving cannabis to kids.
According to Dr. Paul Mitrani, clinical director at the Child Mind Institute, CBD products in particular range in quality, and sellers don’t always properly disclose exactly what’s in the products they’re selling. Other concerns include potential interactions with medications and the possibility of kids building a tolerance or dependence on CBD, according to the Child Mind Institute’s website.
Find the right dosage of CBD oil for kids is also difficult, since clinical doses used in studies may be different than what’s offered in cannabis shops, according to the Child Mind Institute.
Waldo is now healthy, and his story has had a lasting impact
Now five years old, Waldo is tumor-free. His vision, which was damaged during treatment, is being corrected. He wears glasses that his mom says make him look “super cute.”
The now-legal status of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania allowed the Dwyers to openly share their story and participate in the Waldo on Weed documentary. Over the past two years, Brian said he’s been inundated with social media messages from parents who are going through similar situations.
They’re desperate for ways to help their children manage pain and to get their hands on cannabis products that are oftentimes illegal in their home states, so the Dwyers offer as much advice as they can.
“This [film] is for all of the other Waldos who are searching for answers,” Brian said.
Is CBD Safe For Children To Use?
Could children safely use CBD? Many adults use it, for headaches, stress or trouble sleeping. If you have a child and would like to give CBD, you might ask yourself if it is safe. There hasn’t been done much research into CBD for children, but already, there is a CBD-based medicine. Developments certainly are ongoing. Read all about CBD for children below.
What Exactly is CBD?
CBD is a cannabinoid and it’s extracted from the hemp plant. After you take CBD, it can influence the endocannabinoid system. This system controls a great deal of processes in our body, like feeling pain, dealing with stress, regulating blood pressure, sleep and emotions. Spread out through the body and the brain, there are endocannabinoid receptors. CBD, which is a cannabinoid, has the ability to bind to these receptors. From there, it can create a new balance in the endocannabinoid system. In short, CBD can help you feel good.
Furthermore, it’s important to make the distinction between CBD and THC. THC is also extracted from the hemp plant, it’s the psychoactive compound of weed. THC also has an effect on the endocannabinoid system, but the influence it has is completely different. It gets you high. With CBD, that certainly is not the case. CBD has an entirely different effect. In the Netherlands, CBD contains very little or no THC, which is the reason you will not get high.
What Are The Benefits Of CBD F or Children?
More and more people are using CBD. Adults notice the many benefits it can have. But for children, it can also have positive effects. We can’t make any hard medical claims, as we still need more clinical evidence to do so. Still, CBD is already used to treat the following symptoms and disorders:
Researchers have done experiments on animals, which show that CBD can affect autistic behaviour. Of course, we need more research to see what it can signify for people with autism. They scheduled more studies, and research will focus on the influence of CBD on behaviours that occur with autism. Like auto-mutilation, aggressive and repetitive behaviour. CBD could be used instead of or next to regular medication.
In America, the FDA approved the first CBD-based medicine in june 2018. The medicine, called Epidiolex, is used to treat epilepsy. This is an important step in spreading knowledge about CBD.
The most famous story about using CBD for epilepsy, is that of Charlotte Figi, a little girl who had up to 20 seizures every day, all of her life. After her parents consequently administered CBD, the attacks were brought back to only 1 a month. And she’s not the only one who was helped by CBD. It really is a very good reason to do more research into the possible benefits of CBD.
The benefits of CBD when treating ADHD have not been studied extensively. The cannabinoid surely has a lot of potential and could give hyperactive children, w ho have trouble focusing and are very restless, some much needed tranquility. Children with ADHD often have trouble regulating their emotions, and CBD could also offer some support in that area.
Restlessness And Anxiety
Many children feel pressured nowadays. Expectations are really high, but they also have to process an excess of stimuli. Unfortunately, many children experience difficulty handling this pressure. They feel anxious and/or restless. This also influences how well they sleep, because t heir sleep gets disrupted easily. Your child may sleep lightly or have nightmares. You could give your child CBD, to help it cope better with stress and anxiety.
As it happens, CBD could create more peace and quiet in a child’s mind. Endless thoughts decrease, promoting a sense of calm and optimism. Physically, CBD makes it possible for your child to relax. Both during the day as at night, he or she will be better able to wind down.
How Do You Administer CBD To Children?
We recommend to give CBD to children aged 4 years and older.
Children aged 4 years and older:
2 to 3 drops per day, 4% CBD oil
Or try the tasty CBD Gummies, who contain 4 mg per Gummy, ideal for kids.
Tips for administering CBD to children
- Start with a low dose and build up, until you see the desired results.
- When you administer CBD to your child, the best way to give it, is to put the drops under the tongue. The oil is very quickly absorbed by the body through the mucus membrane. Try to convince your child to hold the oil in the mouth for 30 seconds.
- CBD oil has a strong taste that’s not very appetizing to children. In case your child has trouble taking it, try putting the drop(s) on a piece of bread or mix it with some water.
If you would like to give CBD to your child, you should consider buying good quality CBD. SupMedi’s CBD oil is always strictly monitored. This way we guarantee that we supply you with high quality CBD oil, rich in active compounds.
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